Licorice: adrenals.

Date: Sun, 2 Oct 1994 00:56:26 -0700
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From: Rob Bidleman <robbee.CRL.COM>
Subject: Re: Licorice Root

> I understand that the glycyrrhizin is a substance which I might not want in the root, but what harm does that do

** Liquorice does not stimulate the adrenal cortex, it contains substances that are similar to those hormones. It is only deletorious if you are plagued by hypertension or tend to retain water. Overdose causes diarrhea. It is a well known treatment for a number of illnesses but largely coughs and colds, it nourishes the liver and has successfully treated and cured ulcers for many a generation. In Russia it has been historically used for bronchitis and soothing the mucous membranes. To this day the people in the Buryatian region use it for inflammation of the kidney and bladder and elsewhere in Russia it is used traditonally as a topical agent for psoriasis and other skin problems. It is a fine purifier of the blood and is an excellent combiantion with:

echinacea - ginger - red clover - astragalus - peony rt. <liver>